Iowa Flood Resources

Please find below resources for constituents in Iowa's First Congressional District during continued flooding across our state.

If you have specific questions about resources that may be available to help you rebuild, my office is here to help.

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Bruce Visits Flood-Affected Areas in Iowa

 

River Flood Outlook map

From the National Weather Service

Information for Iowans from the Red Cross

National Red Cross Hotline: 1-800 Red-Cross

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Eastern Iowa Area
Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Cedar, Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw, Delaware, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Grundy, Hancock, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn, Mitchell, Washington, Winnebago, and Worth counties

Cedar Rapids Office
6300 Rockwell Dr NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Phone: 319-393-3500

Waterloo Office
2530 University Avenue
Waterloo, IA 50701
Phone: (319) 234-6831
Toll Free: (800) 322-9051
Fax: (319) 234-3668

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Tri-States Chapter
Allamakee, Clayton, Dubuque, Howard and Winneshiek Counties in Iowa and the City of East Dubuque in Illinois.

Dubuque Office
2400 Asbury Road
Dubuque, IA 52001
Phone: 563-583-6451

Greater Iowa Regional Office ( main office)
2116 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
Phone: 515-243-7681

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Gateway Area Chapter
Clinton and Jackson Counties in Iowa and western Whiteside County in Illinois.

Clinton Office
1220 13th Ave N
Clinton, IA 52732
Phone: 563-242-5223
 

Important Links for Constituent Assistance

Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division
7105 NW 70th Ave., Camp Dodge - Bldg. W-4
Johnston, Iowa 50131
Phone (515) 725-3231
FAX (515) 725-3260
Click here for map/directions to the office.

 

Additional Links

Iowa Individual Disaster Assistance Grant Program

Weather alerts from Weather.Gov

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

National Flood Insurance Program

Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed. from Ready.Gov 

 

What to do during a flood

(From Ready.Gov)

If a flood is likely in your area, you should:

  • Listen to the radio or television for information.
  • Be aware that flash flooding can occur. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.
  • Be aware of stream, drainage channels, canyons and other areas known to flood suddenly. Flash floods can occur in these areas with or without typical warnings such as rain clouds or heavy rain.

If you must prepare to evacuate, you should do the following:

  • Secure your home. If you have time, bring in outdoor furniture. Move essential items to an upper floor.
  • Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so. Disconnect electrical appliances. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.

If you have to leave your home, remember these evacuation tips:

  • Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
  • Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle can be swept away quickly.
  • Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams, rivers or creeks, particularly during threatening conditions.

After the Flood

Your home has been flooded. Although floodwaters may be down in some areas, many dangers still exist. Here are some things to remember in the days ahead:

  • Use local alerts and warning systems to get information and expert informed advice as soon as available.
  • Avoid moving water.
  • Stay away from damaged areas unless your assistance has been specifically requested by police, fire, or relief organization.
  • Emergency workers will be assisting people in flooded areas. You can help them by staying off the roads and out of the way.
  • Play it safe. Additional flooding or flash floods can occur. Listen for local warnings and information. If your car stalls in rapidly rising waters, get out immediately and climb to higher ground.
  • Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.
  • Roads may still be closed because they have been damaged or are covered by water. Barricades have been placed for your protection. If you come upon a barricade or a flooded road, go another way.
  • If you must walk or drive in areas that have been flooded.
    • Stay on firm ground. Moving water only 6 inches deep can sweep you off your feet. Standing water may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.
    • Flooding may have caused familiar places to change. Floodwaters often erode roads and walkways. Flood debris may hide animals and broken bottles, and it's also slippery. Avoid walking or driving through it.
  • Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded. Roads may have weakened and could collapse under the weight of a car.
  • Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters.
  • Use extreme caution when entering buildings; there may be hidden damage, particularly in foundations.

Staying Healthy

A flood can cause physical hazards and emotional stress. You need to look after yourself and your family as you focus on cleanup and repair.

  • Avoid floodwaters; water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline or raw sewage.
  • Service damaged septic tanks, cesspools, pits and leaching systems as soon as possible. Damaged sewer systems are serious health hazards.
  • Listen for news reports to learn whether the community’s water supply is safe to drink
  • Clean and disinfect everything that got wet. Mud left from floodwaters can contain sewage and chemicals.
  • Rest often and eat well.
  • Keep a manageable schedule. Make a list and do jobs one at a time.
  • Discuss your concerns with others and seek help. Contact Red Cross for information on emotional support available in your area.

Cleaning Up and Repairing Your Home

  • Turn off the electricity at the main breaker or fuse box, even if the power is off in your community. That way, you can decide when your home is dry enough to turn it back on.
  • Get a copy of the book Repairing Your Flooded Home (737KB PDF) which is available free from the American Red Cross or your state or local emergency manager. It will tell you:
    • How to enter your home safely.
    • How to protect your home and belongings from further damage.
    • How to record damage to support insurance claims and requests for assistance.
    • How to check for gas or water leaks and how to have service restored.
    • How to clean up appliances, furniture, floors and other belongs.
  • The Red Cross can provide you with a cleanup kit: mop, broom, bucket, and cleaning supplies.
  • Contact your insurance agent to discuss claims.
  • Listen to your radio for information on assistance that may be provided by the state or federal government or other organizations.
  • If you hire cleanup or repair contractors, check references and be sure they are qualified to do the job. Be wary of people who drive through neighborhoods offering help in cleaning up or repairing your home.

 

Iowa Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team

The Iowa Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team (DBHRT) is a trained team of volunteers who will respond to the mental health needs of Iowa residents following disasters and critical incidents. The team provides services for community providers based on local area needs and may be delivered at a disaster site in an affected community or statewide. Services may include:

  • Conduct behavioral health needs assessment following a disaster
  • Provide Psychological First Aid
  • Provide brief crisis counseling and intervention
  • Provide community outreach
  • Provide public information and education
  • Provide critical incident stress debriefing
  • Provide behavioral health consultation for providers, communities and individuals
  • Provide screening and referral for those affected by a disaster or critical event

Local authorities may request DBHRT assistance in order to meet the behavioral health needs of communities in crisis by contacting the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Duty Officer. The duty officer is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 515-725-3231. For more information go to http://www.iowadbhrt.org/.

Project Recovery Iowa is a federally funded Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program (CCP). The goal is to assist individuals and communities in recovering from the challenging effects of natural and human-caused disasters through the provision of community-based outreach and psycho educational services.Project Recovery Iowa assists with the following services:

  • Individual Crisis Counseling
  • Basic Supportive or Educational Contact
  • Group Crisis Counseling
  • Public Education
  • Community Networking and Support
  • Assessment, Referral and Resource Linkage
  • Distribution of Educational Materials

For more information go to 
http://www.projectrecoveryiowa.com/ or call 1-800-447-1985.